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Episode Info: When I had to tell my dad that I mowed down a little tree in our front yard, I learned something about the "forgive us our trespasses" part of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. Hear why it's important to confess when we have wronged someone. Script While doing chores as a teenager, I learned a lesson about the “forgive us our trespasses” part of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. So let’s talk about confession, forgiveness and mowing the lawn on this episode of Blue Collar Wisdom, down-to-earth thoughts  about life and faith through things we experience every day. I'm Joe Iovino. Maybe it was because he was raised Roman Catholic — “an altar boy and the whole nine yards,” as he once told me — that my dad’s passion for confession is so strong.  When we were growing up, my brother and I were taught that if we confessed our wrongdoings, if we came clean to mom and dad about what we had done before they discovered it or figured it out, the punishment would be lighter.  Confession, in our house, was not only good for the soul.  One day, as a youth, I needed to take my dad up on that promise.  My introversion To fully appreciate this story, you should know that I’m an introvert. I didn’t have that understanding or any language to express that as a high school student in the 1980s, but through years of hindsight and self-examination, I have discovered this is who I am and have always been. My grade school report cards, for example, frequently included teacher comments saying I was “shy,” or that I “didn’t speak up in class enough.” Throughout my academic career, I never received many “classroom participation” points.  When I did something that got me noticed, someone would inevitably say that I was “coming out of my shell.” I always found that an odd turn of phrase because as a child of the Jersey Shore, my mind always went to seashell, not turtle shell. So my predominant image at one point in my life was of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” painting — which doesn’t exactly work for me or my personality. Despite those negatives of my introversion, there was at least one advantage it brought my family. I enjoyed mowing the lawn. That was a chore for which I actually volunteered  Lawn mowing was this introvert’s dream. The engine noise rising from the gas powered mower creates a bubble of solitude that is difficult for others to interrupt. It better be pretty important to get me to turn it off.  Time spent pushing the mower was a wonderful opportunity to get lost in my inner world. I thought. I sang. I worked through situations, relationships, and problems. I zoned out.  I also got to express a little bit of creativity and made the work fun by creating mowing patterns.  Somewhere along the line, probably from my mom or dad, I had heard that mowing the same way every time was not good for the grass. I took that to heart. .  I would mow horizontally one...
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